Rescue continues in SW China quake zone
Updated: 2011-03-11 11:26
YINGJIANG - The death toll from an earthquake that hit Yingjiang County in southwest China's Yunnan Province Thursday noon has risen to 25, local authorities said. So far, 250 people are confirmed injured in the 5.8-magnitude earthquake, with 134 in serious condition, the provincial civil affairs department said in a statement late Thursday.
The earthquake has toppled the homes of 1,039 families and left 4,994 others seriously damaged, mainly in the county seat near the border with Myanmar, it said.
The National Committee of Disaster Reduction, Ministry of Civil Affairs and Yunnan's provincial government have dispatched 9,700 tents, 15,000 quilts, 15,000 clothes and other materials to the quake-hit region.
Lawmakers and political advisers gather in Beijing to discuss major issues.
Worker scarcity is no longer confined to eastern areas, minister says.
People spray each other with water to express good wishes in Dongguan, Guangdong province.